Guide to Google Scholar Book Search

Google Book Search

Google Book Search is a service from Google that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database.

Books are provided either by publishers and authors, through the Google Books Partner Program, or by Google's library partners, through the Library Project.

Additionally, Google has partnered with a number of magazine publishers to digitize their archives.

As any Google search tool, Google Books has its own search tools to help you refine your search results. To use those search tools, conduct a search (basic or advanced).

For the following instructions see the photo No. 1.

  1. On the search result page, click on "Search tools". this will display the filter options as follows:
  2. Click of the options you wold like to use, suppose "Any views". a list of filter options under that option will be displayed.
  3. Choose the option you would like and you result will be refined to that option.
  4. Choose another filter to be applied to your search result, or click on "Clear" to clear the previous filter.

Basic Search

To conduct a basic search on Google Books:

  1. Enter your search term in the search box and click Search or press Enter.
  2. To refine your search results Click on "Search tools" and then refine by type of view, type of document and the time frame.
  3. Sort your results by relevance where the most relevant ones will be on the top, or by date where the latest ones will be on top.

Advanced Search

To conduct an advanced search:

  1. Do a basic search first;
  2. On the top right corner of the result page, click on the icon of Quick Settings;
  3. Choose "Advanced search" from the list.
  4. Enter your search terms in the search box of the operator you would like to use (with all of the words, with the exact phrase, with at least one of the words, or without the words);
  5. In the filters section, filter your search result by search type, content type, language, subject ... etc.

The advanced search looks like in the photos No. 2 - 3.